- The Washington Times - Friday, January 13, 2006


Traveling to Osaka, Japan, in spring won’t break the bank account if travelers can get one of United Airlines’ $199 (one-way) sale fares from Washington Dulles International Airport. Travel is aboard United’s Boeing 777 aircraft, nonstop connecting service from Chicago. Mileage Plus members can also earn up to 15,000 bonus miles if they travel to Osaka before Jan. 31. Travel is valid through March 31 but must be purchased by Jan. 24. The $199 fare is one-way based on round-trip travel and taxes are not included. Visit www.united.com.


Fly to Scandinavia in summer for $489 each way. Scandinavian Airlines is offering an early bird sale on peak summer flights from Washington Dulles to most destinations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. With the U.S. dollar gaining strength against the euro, travel is expected to be high this summer and few fare sales are predicted, so this may be a good opportunity to lock in a summer or fall vacation. Travel is aboard SAS’ new Airbus A330, which offers onboard Internet access throughout your trans-Atlantic flight. Discounted upgrades to economy-extra and business class are also available. Travel anytime May 29 through Oct. 31. Book by Feb. 28. See www.scandinavian.net.


Speed through France without standing around at the airport with Rail Europe’s rail spring sale. Travelers can visit popular cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux and Nice or journey to coastal towns such as Beziers or Arcachon all for $25 each way. Travel is aboard the high-speed TGV trains. Book by Jan. 30. Travel is valid through April 30. See www.raileurope.com.


Go to the Bahamas for under $300 — air and accommodations — with Fare Deals Ltd.’s new vacation offering. Three-night packages start at $214 per person with accommodations at the beachfront Nassau Beach Hotel. Upgrades to the Wyndham Nassau Resort are available for an additional $100 per person. Departures are from Washington Dulles for select dates through March 3. Book by Jan. 20. Call 800/347-7006 or visit www.faredeals.com.


Tour the Australian cities of Adelaide and Melbourne, taste wines from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions and travel by car through south Australia with Air New Zealand’s new seven-day, seven-night South Australian Wine Country Experience. Packages start at $2,109 per person and include airfare, transfers, car rental, wine tours and accommodations. Call 800/671-8311 or visit www.airnewzealand.com.


If you are looking for a relaxing weekend away from home, a W Hotels weekend Bliss Out package may be just what you need. Available at W Hotels worldwide, the package includes: accommodations, continental breakfast for two, more than $150 worth of Bliss spa products, and priority booking at Bliss spas. Sample rates are W Atlanta ($159), W Mexico City ($229), W Chicago-City Center ($199) and W Honolulu ($330). Packages are available through Feb. 26.

Book at www.whotels.com or call 800/598-9609.


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